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Casting fail: Perez Hilton stumbles into off-Broadway role

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Hilton cast to boost ticket sales

Perez Hilton just landed a new gig on a major stage in a production of the pop culture satire NEWSical.

Perez Hilton cast in off-Broadway show Newsical

Perez Hilton — also known by his real name as Mario Lavandeira — has just been cast in an off-Broadway production of NEWSical the Musical. Producers confirmed Hilton on Monday and said Perez will be featured in NEWSical for a four-week run beginning September 8, 2012. While Perez Hilton is ecstatic at the casting decision, a producer for NEWSical admitted the decision to cast Hilton had more to do with his celebrity-status than acting ability.

"What do you do when your show needs to sell tickets?" asked NEWSical producer Tom D'Angora. "You bring in a celebrity." D'Angora continued, "Perez Hilton was the perfect choice because our show is basically the musical version of his highlarious website (sic). If you are a daily reader of Perez like I've been since 2007, you know how funny and charismatic he is. We couldn't be more excited to welcome him as the newest member of our talented cast."

Perez Hilton was overjoyed at the casting decision. In the press release for the upcoming run of NEWSical, Hilton revealed the role was a dream come true. "Dreams do come true, if you believe. And I BELIEVE, big time!" said Hilton. "I am beyond thrilled, nervous, and zen about making my New York theater debut. It's gonna be a wild ride in a show that guarantees to put smiles on people's faces. It will be no holds barred! Pure unadulterated fun! I expect to have the time of my life and look forward to hugging happy theatergoers after each show!" One thing is for sure, there is certainly a lot of enthusiasm on Hilton's part.

NEWSical tickets featuring Perez Hilton are on sale now. Prices range from $85 to $110 and can be purchased through Telecharge.com.

Photo courtesy of Judy Eddy / WENN.com

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